IN SHORT: Dino Melaye lost in the November 2023 off-cycle election in Kogi state. A claim shared several times on social media in Nigeria says the former lawmaker fainted upon hearing the election result, but the video shared as evidence is from 2019.
Melaye is a former senate member who represented Kogi West senatorial district. He participated in the November election for governor in Kogi state, as a candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party.
The video has been viewed by over 67,000 users, shared by more than 500 times and has over 240 comments.
A similar claim sharing the same video can be found here.
But is the video real? We checked.
Video from 2019
A Google search brought up a 2019 video on YouTube. In the video, uploaded by Channels Television, Melaye is being supported by two men. The caption of the video reads: “How Dino Melaye Emerged, Slumped After Eight-Day Seige.”
The video shows Melaye leaving his house in police custody. It is from 2019 and does not show events after the 2023 Kogi gubernatorial election.
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